SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – BART has unveiled a new fare gate aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities, and at the same time, deter fare cheats.

On Tuesday, the transit agency showed off its first-ever elevator gate at the Montgomery Station in San Francisco. The new gate is meant to make it easier and more convenient for people who use elevators to pay for their trip with the fare gate is on the platform level, rather than the concourse level.

It is also meant to deter fare evaders who often use elevators to bypass ticket machines.

A view of the new fare gate arrangement at the Montgomery St. BART station elevator. (BART)

“It saves time; two, three or four minutes, especially when you’re in a hurry and you have mobility issues,” said Shamiki Rew, who uses a wheelchair.

“This is really about making it easier for people with accessibility issues to pay the fares,” said BART spokesperson Jim Allison.

BART also announced its expanded its elevator attendant program, hiring staff to monitor the elevators at the Montgomery and Embarcadero stations.

The expansion to two additional downtown San Francisco stations follows a successful rollout of the program at Civic Center and Powell Street stations, the agency said.

 

Shamiki Rew uses the new fare gate installed at the Montgomery BART station in Downtown San Francisco on November 6, 2019. (CBS)

Shamiki Rew uses the new fare gate installed at the Montgomery BART station in Downtown San Francisco on November 6, 2019. (CBS)

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